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Consular Investigations Assistant at the US Embassy Yaoundé

Akwajobs   (Yaoundé, Cameroun)

Posted : 31 October, 2017
Category : Law, Legal   Location : Yaoundé, Cameroun
Job type : Full Time

OPEN TO:  All Interested Candidates / All Sources
The “Open To” category listed above refers to candidates who are eligible to apply for this position.
The “Open To” category should not be confused with a “hiring preference” which is explained later in this vacancy announcement.

POSITION:                   Consular Investigations Assistant
OPENING DATE:        October 30, 2017
CLOSING DATE:        November 13, 2017
WORK HOURS:                   Full time, 40 hours/week
SALARY:                      Ordinarily Resident (OR):  FSN-08
Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR):  FP-06*
*Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington.


The U.S. Mission in Yaounde, Cameroon is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Consular Investigations Assistant.  This position is located in Yaounde, Cameroon.


The incumbent is responsible for conducting a variety of fraud investigations throughout Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea in regards to American Citizen Services, counterfeit/forged documents, passport, visa, adoption, relationship, and identity fraud. He/She conducts a variety of investigations into other consular matters, including requests initiated by neighboring Embassies, the Department of State, Congress, or the Department of Homeland Security. He/She conducts interviews and examines a variety of official documentary records to obtain requisite information, such as establishing the true identity of a visa applicant or an applicant whose naturalization is pending, or establishing whether an applicant meets stated eligibility requirements. The incumbent will also work with Embassy staff and host nation personnel and liaise with U.S., host-nation government and law enforcement officials, and other foreign mission contacts to collect, analyze, and disseminate fraud information.


Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified. 

  1. EDUCATION: Successful completion of two years of College/University studies (DEUG, BTS, HND, or equivalent) is required.
  2. EXPERIENCE: At least two years of progressively responsible experience in investigative work in a law firm or legal department or a claims investigative organization or other closely related field or two years of experience working as an Embassy Consular or Visa Clerk is required.
  3. LANGUAGE: Level III (Good Working Knowledge) speaking/reading/writing English and French are required. (This will be tested.)
  4. SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The incumbent must possess excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. He/She must have good computer, data-management, and time-management skills. He/She must be able to operate with little to no supervision in dynamic and possibly hazardous environments. (This will be tested.)
  5. JOB KNOWLEDGE: The incumbent should have a high-level working knowledge of Cameroonian culture, geography, ethnic groups, socio-economic issues, language and government bureaucracy. The incumbent should also be aware of Cameroonian law enforcement practices.  He/She must have detailed knowledge of criminal investigations, immigration and visa fraud, citizenship claims and benefits fraud. The incumbent must have basic knowledge of US immigration law, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations and policies, Department of State consular regulations and policies, and Embassy consular policies and practices to all consular clients.  He/She should be familiar with Cameroonian civil law as it applies to identity and relationships.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  The complete position description listing all of the duties and responsibilities may be obtained on our website at https://cm.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs and/or by contacting the Human Resources Office at Ext. 4006.

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  When qualified, applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


(1) AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
(3) FS on LWOP**

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of the most recent Member Copy Four (4) of the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and, if applicable, a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  If claiming conditional eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference, applicants must submit proof of conditional eligibility.  If the written documentation confirming eligibility is not received in the HR office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, the U.S. Veterans’ preference will not be considered in the application process.  Mission HR’s decision on eligibility for U.S. Veterans’ preference after reviewing all required documentation is final.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP.


  1. Management may consider any of the following when determining successful candidacy: nepotism, conflicts of interest, budget, and residency status.
  2. Current OR employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply. Current OR employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report (EPR) are not eligible to apply.
  3. Current NOR employees hired on a Family Member Appointment (FMA) or a Personal Service Agreement (PSA) are not eligible to apply within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless they have a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
  4. The candidate must be able to obtain and hold a Locally Employed Staff security clearance.

HOW TO APPLY:  Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered.  Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified.

  1. Universal Application for Employment (UAE) (Form DS-174), which is available on our website or by contacting Human Resources. (See “For Further Information” above);
  2. Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.)


Human Resources Office
P.O. Box 817, Tel.: 222-201-500, Ext 4006, U.S. Embassy Yaounde, Cameroon


The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.  The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliation.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.